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Pokemon Go App Review
Catch ‘Em All in the Real World
Just about everyone is familiar with one of the world’s most popular franchises, Pokemon. And considering how big of a deal it was when it first came out in 2016, most are familiar with Pokemon Go as well. But if you’re a little late to the party, the gist of it is this; the app uses GPS to track you as walk around to real locations to catch Pokemon, fight over gyms, and trade with other players. You can use your phone’s camera to look at the virtual Pokemon with your real world surroundings. The app very much incentivizes walking and daily exercise, as distance traveled affects many aspects of the game.
Should you get Pokemon Go?
Chances are, if you are interested in this app, you’ve played a couple of main Pokemon games. However, you should keep in mind that Pokemon Go is very different from the main games; in fact, it doesn’t follow the same mechanics much at all. Your supply of Pokeballs is limited by in-game factors, such as visiting unique locations in the real world known as ‘Pokestops,’ or weekly rewards for the distance you’ve walked. The Pokemon that appear are mostly random; certain weather will make certain types appear more, but there is no specific area you can go to find specific Pokemon. When you do go to catch wild Pokemon, you don’t battle them; you simply swipe your finger on the screen to chuck Pokeballs until you catch them or they run away.
Battles over gyms (which are other real world locations) and with other players are very different as well, as Pokemon stats in the app have been simplified to attack, defense, and hp. Battles are mostly just tapping to attack and swiping to dodge, and each Pokemon only has two moves. Leveling up and evolving is done through candy, which you get by catching Pokemon, transferring them, or walking with one that you have set as your buddy. Furthermore, the max strength of your Pokemon is limited to your level as a player; which starts rising very slowly once you hit about level 25 of 40. And finally, the app still doesn’t have all the Pokemon available. Many of the later generations are still absent from the game.
So, if you are looking for a traditional Pokemon experience, Pokemon Go is not a good choice. However, if you are looking for an app that provides entertainment and an incentive to get out and exercise, it’s a great choice.
Details: Age Range, OS, Etc.
Pokemon Go works on both Android and iOS, though it requires iOS 10 or later or Android 4.4 and above. The app itself suggests age nine and up, but you should keep in mind that the game mostly focuses on walking places, which is probably something you don’t want a nine year old doing by themselves. The game is entirely free to download and can be played entirely without spending real money, though in-app purchases are available.
Here's the Pokemon Go app promo trailer uploaded by Pokemon Go to YouTube: